Carved from the bronze remains of bombshells, the lotus flower featured on this necklace serves as a symbol of transformation.
The actual lotus begins life underwater, growing petals, stem, and leaves while still buried underground, nourished by nutrients in the dark mud.
It remains balled up tightly, until the flower is fully formed, and only then slowly makes its way to the surface. Upon emerging to reveal its potential, the lotus remains anchored, connected to the depths from which it grew.
Let this pendant hanging on a black cord remind you of the importance of both rising to the surface to bloom and honoring the depths from which your growth came.
-Hammered brass, black woven cord
Meet the Artisans
The artisans responsible for this jewelry, like the Hindu Goddess Kali, embrace the intersection of destruction and creation, skillfully shaping war remnants into wearable art.
The workshop is sponsored by Cambodia Craftworks, an NGO located in an underprivileged rural community thirty minutes from Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital. Revenue supports additional training for artisans who wish make jewelry from one of the most plentiful scrap resources available in the area, given the vast amount of bombshells and bullets, left over from the tragic Khmer Rouge period.
Funds also support college degrees for artisans’ family members. This is of particular relevance as those who had higher education were singled out to be put to death during the conflict. Providing equal access to education is a key to expanding opportunity for all.
With the support of NGO Craftworks and your purchase, the artisans now generate much needed income that provides their families and their communities the chance at a better future. More information on Cambodia's rich culture, history, and the organization is available here.